Coronary artery disease

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Coronary artery disease is a condition in which the blood supply to the heart muscle is partially or completely blocked. Similarly CAD is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, usually caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a “hardening” or “clogging” of the arteries. It refers to the buildup of cholesterol and fatty deposits (plaques) on the inner walls of the arteries. These plaques can restrict blood flow to the heart muscle by physically clogging the artery or by causing abnormal artery tone and function.

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